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  1. ispamforfood

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    The standard battery gauge deals in increments of 10%. What does that mean? It means if your battery is at 99% charge, it's likely the battery meter is rounding down to 90%, simply because it doesn't have the ability to display 99% or 98%, etc. I don't think it's all because of the way the phone charges. Just seemed like a logical reason. I'm not really sure why they designed it this way... Laptops can display battery %'s in increments of 1%... Lazy developers maybe?
     

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    I don't understand how this makes your battery drain faster.
     
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    Check out the thread http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid-bionic/431763-accurate-battery-life-widget.html for some suggestions.

    ... Thom
     
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    It doesn't make your battery drain faster, it just gives you the APPEARANCE that it's draining faster.
     
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    Actually circle battery widget reads a system file. The system is very capable of reading in 1% increments, but for some reason it doesn't. Rooting can allow you to install a hack to enable 1%, but without root, CircleBatteryWidget is VERY accurate.
     
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    Agree. I love that thing!
     
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    I would think that, even superficially, an app that is changing the way the battery looks at every percentage point is actually using more battery juice than an app that only changes every 10%, (I'm comparing 2 unrooted phones, so no system hack to actually read the battery percentage every 1%).

    After all, not only is it (presumably) polling the battery more often, it is also having to change text and / or icons to match the change. Any process that runs on the phone is going to use battery juice so....

    Explain it to me again how it's actually saving battery juiceto have a smaller increment battery measure?
     
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    I don't think it is saving juice to have a smaller increment, but I highly doubt it makes any measurable difference to display them in 1%.

    If this was the case I would see Circle Battery Widget show up in the battery report, which it has never been.
     
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    What if it is being lumped together as a system app and thus falling under Android OS?
     
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    Even if that is the case if I am using the phone at all then it Android OS doesn't use enough battery TO show up.

    I can only see Android OS if I am using the battery SO lightly that I am never really turning the screen on.
     
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    Yeah, while the change might be infinitesimal, I still think it is there. It has to be.
     
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    Did you say infinitesimal?
     
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    I like battery indicator. Although it only allows me to see increments of 10. That stock battery indicator doesnt come off of full green until 70% which is misleading.
     
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    I surely did :D

    After all, I derived that from the fact that there is no real way to measure the effect of a 1% increment battery indicator versus a 10% increment battery indicator, so....
     
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    Indubitably.
     

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